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Remembering my father-in-law, Lowell R. Koch
I am really going to miss this guy who welcomed me into his family almost 30 years ago…
Submitting damage claims for your vehicle or property
If you’ve experienced damage to your vehicle or property due to incidents such as driving over potholes or having paint splattered from the PennDOT line painting trucks, you can submit a claim for these damages.
Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM) within the PA Department of General Services is responsible for determining if claims submitted by residents who have experienced damage to their vehicle or property should be paid.
PennDOT is responsible for reviewing any claim that is filed due to damage on a state-owned highway before BRIM determines whether or not to pay the claim.
For more information on how to submit a claim, please click here.
Preparing for flood emergencies
With the heavy rainstorms we’ve been experiencing, it is important that our families and communities are well-prepared to tackle this inclement weather.
The PA Department of Health has provided basic tips for preparing for flood emergencies:
If your area is under a flood watch or warning, the department recommends the following:
For more information on how to prepare for flood emergencies and what to do in the event that you are evacuated from your home, please click here.
Consumer Financial Protection Unit begins operation
The newly-created unit will focus on financial matters such as unscrupulous lenders who prey on seniors, families with students, and military members, including for-profit colleges and mortgage and student loan services.
Tackling the spotted lantern fly
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is asking residents and tourists to help prevent the further spread of the invasive spotted lantern fly threatening our $20.5 million grape, nearly $134 million apple, more than $24 million stone fruit, and $12 billion hardwood industries.
The non-native species was first discovered in Berks County in the fall of 2014. Certain activities are restricted in areas included in the quarantine. Residents and visitors are asked to comply with the PDA decision.
The Spotted Lantern Fly quarantine restricts moving the following:
Take a more active role in preventing the spread of the spotted lantern fly and report sightings to the Invasive Species Hotline at 1-866-253-7189. You may also submit a photograph to Badbug@pa.gov.
Safeguarding your charitable donations
Over 11,000 charities and some 400 professional solicitors and fundraising counsels operate within Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Charitable Organizations for the PA Department of State, and are subject to the State’s strict laws for registration and operations from raising dollars to fulfilling the charities’ missions.
Requests received through the U.S. Postal Service, email, websites, phone, and door-to-door solicitations do not necessarily require an immediate decision on making a donation. Take advantage of the State’s online resources to determine legitimacy and a shared vision for the use of your charitable dollars. Tips for charitable giving can help you make informed decisions before you donate.
The Bureau has made it simple to review the monthly list of disciplinary actions or see the comprehensive list of sanctioned charitable organizations, professional solicitors and professional fundraising counsel. You can also search the Bureau’s online database or call 1-800-732-0999 to determine if the charity is legally registered with the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations or to report fraudulent or deceptive solicitation practices.